MizzHanza wrote:Has it been confirmed yet about the poor girl loosing her leg? I'm a bit sick of reading reports jumping to conclusions before anything has been confirmed.
Also I very much doubt The Smiler will be open for the remainder of the season however I do believe it will be back for 2016 - where i shall be in queue without a doubt!
I really love this ride and it will be such a loss for the park if they remove it. They just need to improve it to ensure this never happens again.
My thoughts go out to those affected <3
Jevaaaans wrote:The question I have is are Gerstlauer going to make any announcement about this?
Jammydodger wrote:I could be wrong, because physics aren't my strong point, but if coaster carriages were designed to change shape on impact (I.e with crumple zones) then isn't there more risk of derailment on impact? If the impact reaches the wheels then it could have misaligned them and caused fatal structural damage.
We should be thankful it wasn't two oblivion shuttles slamming in to each other, that would have been far worse. At least gersts carriages are somewhat nimble compared to most.
Jammydodger wrote:I can see why people aren't best pleased about the 999 call delay, but why are people attacking the first responders?
I'm not quite sure as to why 10 minutes is so shocking for the first responders. That's a minute to make the call and ascertain the facts, a minute or so to mobilise and gather their equipment, presuming they're coming from the medical center next to the sky ride, that's around 5 minutes in a golf buggy, more depending on people traffic, and then another 2 minutes or so to gain site access.
I'm genuinely intrigued as to what an "acceptable" amount of time for such an incident would be with a park this size.